Minutes: April 11, 2013

Note: There is no recording for this meeting. The minutes were prepared using handwritten notes taken by Cynthia Davis.

Mr. Bates, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.

Statement of Compliance

Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231 P.L., 1975, adequate notice as defined in Section 3D of Chapter 231, P.L. 1975, had been forwarded and published in the New Jersey Herald on March 27, 2013. Notice is also posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Roll Call of Members

Charles BatesP
Christopher HankeP
Stephen SokolewiczNP
Ted LaabsP
Andrew Borisuk (arrived @ 7:20 p.m.)P
Carol Gunn KadishP

Meeting Opened to the Public

No one came forward.

Closed Meeting to the Public


March 21, 2013

The minutes were reviewed and approved by a motion made by Mr. Laabs and seconded by Mr. Hanke. All were in favor.

Old Business

Mr. Bates made an announcement that the final reading for the cemetery applications will be on the Land Use Board agenda for April 22, 2013.

Glenwood Historic Area Sign

Mr. Bates asked the commission members if all were “on board” with the sign wordage of “Welcome to Vernon, A Historic Area.” Ms. Kadish suggested adding more information. Mr. Hanke suggested having a larger welcome-type sign. The members agreed to have the public hearing portion of this matter in Glenwood at Pochuck Farms. Mr. Bates will discuss this with Mr. Vance, the owner.

Status of Old Post Office Building on Canistear Road–Steve Sokolewicz

Tabled until next meeting.

Commemorative Plaque for Ron DuPont

Mr. Bates and Mr. Hanke would like to present the plaque to Mr. DuPont at the reveal ceremony for the historic marker at Cedar Crest Farm.

Cedar Crest Farm Site

Mr. Bates advised that the stanchion has been installed. The members discussed a date for the marker ceremony and all agreed on May 4, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Bates will ask the owner if the date is good with her so that the ceremony can be advertised in the local newspaper.

Cemetery Markers

Mr. Hanke said he will discuss the disc markers with the trophy company he has been dealing with instead of the sign company the HPC has been using and then report back at the next meeting.

Demolition Notice

Ms. Kadish commented that she is unhappy that it is “too much red tape” to advise the HPC of any demolition applications for historic properties. She went on to suggest the HPC come up with wording for an ordinance so that the HPC can be informed of any demolition applications so that they may go to the site to take pictures of any buildings. It is not for the purpose of “saving” the buildings, just documenting them. Ms. Kadish will research the present demolition ordinance and the requirements therein in order to propose new language.

Mr. Bates asked Mr. Laabs to research state historic preservation vs. Vernon historic preservation ordinance with regard to design requirements and whether or not windows and doors are required to be “like form.”

Rickey Farm

Mr. Bates asked Mr. Borisuk to speak with Mr. Rickey to ask whether or not he would agree to the house being historically memorialized by the town.

BOE Building

Mr. Bates said that he heard from a BOE member that there has been an offer to buy the building. Mr. Bates asked whether or not the site should be preserved at the state level. Ms. Kadish commented that the state may not recognize the building as there have been many, many alterations to the building.

New Business



A motion was made to adjourn the HPC meeting at 8:00 p.m. It was seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on April 19, 2013.